Another reason I love the south.
There are things that bloom all the way up to the first frost, which hasn’t happened yet. It may be just around the corner, but not quite yet. I keep pleading….please….not quite yet. Let me enjoy this beauty as long as I can.
Over the past couple of weeks these buds started to open. Just a few at first, then day by day, like some kind of alternate springtime, the blossoms are now covering the bush in my front yard, blanketed underneath by the ever growing pile of leaves falling from tall trees.
The contrast is quite amazing, isn’t it? The dry crunch of leaves underfoot, the end of their season. And these abundant blooms beautiful in their lacy whiteness. Two opposites. Beginnings and endings.
Is there a life lesson in here? Likely.
But I don't want to think too hard. I just want to enjoy it before it all goes away. Beautiful blooms on a backdrop of autumn leaves. I love it.
Harder to see here with the light…but it is just covered!
To me this is a promise. Spring will be back again. Give it 6 months! [heaving a sigh of impatience!]
While I’ve neglected things on the outside during the 6 week span of order shipping to date, other creatures have been busy with their own endeavors under the eaves of the front porch.
Great! My Halloween decorating is DONE!
I just never looked up and saw this until yesterday either. I’m leaving it until I get back from Houston. It’s kind of cool in it’s authentic webby-ness. Perfect for the season. HA!
Speaking of Halloween, I mentioned last night on Quilt-Cam that I thought I left my Halloween pumpkin table runner at the cabin. I couldn’t find it anywhere in the sewing stuff I brought home. But guess what I found this morning moving a stack of fabric from another tote?
If everything goes as planned today: Haircut at 11am, mani/pedi later in early evening. [Don’t want to give myself enough time to mess up my nails before going to bed so suitcase/quilts and all other Market stuff will be all packed before I go for the mani/pedi] I may have time early afternoon to load this in the machine and get it quilted. I can take it with me and bind it on the plane to Houston. It MAY get finished BEFORE Halloween. If the stars align today.
Excerpts from last night’s Quilt-Cam [now archived under the Quilt-Cam Tab at the top of the blog!] was what to do with these:
Hello? the 1990s called and want their quilted patchwork vests back!!
I pulled these out of the closet after searching for what I want to pack for Houston. WHY am I holding on to these? Do you have these in your closet, too? And…can you still fit in them? LOL The one on the right is a bolero style and it is so snug it must have shrunk several sizes while it hung in my closet!
I thought this was so impressive at the time! LOL!
We talked and laughed during Quilt-Cam with watchers sending in their photos of vests that hung in THEIR closets too. I guess it’s a QUILTER THING. We made it, therefore we must keep it, no matter how hysterical we would look if we tried to wear them out somewhere.
So super stylish!
But what can we do with them?
One suggestion was pot holders. LOL. Another was to maybe turn them into pet beds.
The crazy thing is, I still like most of these fabrics, but maybe not together this way. But I likely still HAVE some of these in my stash and I still feel free to use them however I please in scrap quilts, but likely not with each other ever, ever again.
So…what would YOU do with your 1990s quilted vests? And are they still lurking in the back of your closet waiting for the tides of fashion to turn around and bring them back in style?
Maybe I’ll hang on to them a few decades longer and put a stipulation in my will that they be cremated along with me so no one will have to worry about what to do with them after the fact.
Or maybe…we’ll just put them at the back of the chapel and hand them out as door prizes to folks on their way out!
One thing is for certain. Making these made me so happy. I remember that sense of accomplishment. I remember loving to wear them. And it was a good time to be a quilter when quilt-wear was the rage.
Found hanging on the wall at the Antique Mall the other day.
This was hanging behind a bunch of furniture and there was no way to get a better look at it, but I just LOVED those big splashy white polka dots on red. Who wouldn’t? I also love that the strips are random widths. And some strips are pieced from more than one fabric to make it work. I can see myself doing another one of these for some simple brainless sewing. Wouldn’t it be great out of recycled fabrics?
I used this photo for today’s inspiration:
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
I find this so very true! Except maybe when it comes to those 1990s patchwork vests! HA!
Tonight I am drawing for the lucky winner of the Shift Happens Gift-Away! Did you enter?
Also, I haven’t heard from Norma Sterbenz, the winner of our October Quilty-Box. Norma, I’m giving you until I return home from Houston on the 31st to get back to me with your snail mail address. I’m also sending you another email. If I haven’t heard from you by the time I get back from Houston, we will draw a NEW WINNER on November 1st!
Have an awesome Wednesday everyone.